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Richard Brooks (screenplay)
Sinclair Lewis (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
July 1960 (USA) See more »
The screen has never known a man like ELMER GANTRY See more »
A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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"Love is the morning and the evening star!" See more (76 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Elmer Gantry

Jean Simmons ... Sister Sharon Falconer

Arthur Kennedy ... Jim Lefferts

Dean Jagger ... William L. Morgan

Shirley Jones ... Lulu Bains

Patti Page ... Sister Rachel

Edward Andrews ... George F. Babbitt (as Ed Andrews)

John McIntire ... Rev. John Pengilly

Hugh Marlowe ... Rev. Philip Garrison
Joe Maross ... Pete

Philip Ober ... Rev. Planck
Barry Kelley ... Police Capt. Holt
Wendell Holmes ... Rev. Ulrich
Dayton Lummis ... Eddington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Antrim ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Mac - Bartender (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Benny - Photographer (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Valet (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Ralph Dumke ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Sally Fraser ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Rev. Brown (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Hobo in Boxcar (uncredited)
Mary Adams Hayes ... Salvation Army Worker (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Hobo in Boxcar (uncredited)

Rex Ingram ... Preacher of Black Congregation (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Extra at Revival Meeting (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Radio Station Official (uncredited)
Joanna Lancaster ... Child in Audience (uncredited)
Sighle Lancaster ... Child in Audience (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Robert P. Lieb ... Lincoln Police Captain (uncredited)

BarBara Luna ... Prostitute (uncredited)
John McKee ... Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)

David McMahon ... (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Man Destroying Revival Tent (uncredited)

Ed Nelson ... Man on Phone at Sister Sharon Headquarters (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Girl in Brothel (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Revivalist (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Man at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

John Qualen ... Sam - Storekeeper (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Deaf Man (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Lady in Red on Christmas Eve (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Choir Member (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Revival Tent Roustabout (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
Michael Whalen ... Rev. Phillips (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Janitor in Revival Tent (uncredited)
Jean Willes ... Prostitute (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Brooks 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay)

Sinclair Lewis (from the novel by)

Produced by
Bernard Smith .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn (music by)
Cinematography by
John Alton (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Marjorie Fowler (film editor)
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere  (as Ed Carrere)
Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert (set decorators) (as Bill Calvert)
Frank Tuttle (set decorators)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Harry Maret .... makeup
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup (as Robert Schiffer)
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director (as Thomas P. Shaw)
Carl Beringer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph Pevney .... second unit director (uncredited)
Rowe Wallerstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Webb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Hudson Ratabaugh .... propmaster (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (as Fred Brown)
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Eldon Coutts .... recordist (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe .... mike man (uncredited)
Andy Payne .... cableman (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Livesley .... head grip (uncredited)
Harold May .... best boy (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... stills (uncredited)
Harry Sundby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
Ken Darby .... associate music supervisor
Kenyon Hopkins .... conductor (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
John Franco .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jerry Ludwig .... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
146 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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To keep word from leaking out as to how the novel would be adapted to the screen, only the film's six major stars were given access to the complete screenplay.See more »
Continuity: While on the train, when Gantry first talks with Falconer, her hands change position from unseen to folded under her chin.See more »
Clean-up man:Mister, I've been converted five times. Billy Sunday, Reverend Biederwolf, Gypsy Smith, and twice by Sister Falconer. I get terrible drunk, and then I get good and saved. Both of them done me a powerful lot of good - gettin' drunk and gettin' saved. Well, good night.See more »
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"Love is the morning and the evening star!", 1 October 1999
Author: JW-27 from Boston, MA

"Elmer Gantry" can be considered the quintessential exploration into the omnipresent duality existing between a person's religious faith and simultaneous character defects. Burt Lancaster is bold and provocative as the title character who is preaching to you one moment and drunk and surly the other. The acting and directing is superb to the point that it becomes difficult to remember that it is only a movie. Jean Simmons is lovely and convincing as as Sister Sharon Falconer, the charismatic female evangelist who wins Gantry's heart (and lust)as they team up to jump-start America's dwindling religious beliefs. Of course, turmoil closes in on them as their inherent instincts of love overpower their adherence to the Christian principles they attempt to profess.

This is a searing message, indeed, that should be heeded by the Jimmy Swaggarts and Oral Roberts' of the world. Evangelism can be a dangerous platform when it allows a single person to rise to power while removing him (or her) from the fact that he is still a human and, thus, still vulnerable to the instincts and flaws he vehemently opposes on stage. It is thrilling to see how the Bible-Belt public shift their view so quickly when they first support and believe in the sincerity of Gantry and Sister Falconer but then witness their humanity and become violent. The scene where the heckling crowd throws garbage at the ostracized couple while a man plays a jazzed up rendition of "Onward Christian Soldiers" on the trumpet after Gantry is caught with a prostitute (played to the hilt by Shirley Jones) is both amusing and sad. If you enjoyed the book, you will not be disappointed with the movie in the least.

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